Tucson Governing Board

Notices of public meetings, agendas, and scheduled dates, times, and places for Academy of Math and Science Schools, as may be required under A.R.S. 38-432 et seq., will be posted on the Governing Board page for each school here.

Jill Rich received degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Arizona.  She has been working in real estate since 1982. Over the last 20 years, Mrs. Rich has volunteered for numerous boards, committees, and teams in the Tucson community, serving on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, as a mentor for the Lost Boys of Sudan Foundation, Vice President for the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, and many more. She also has numerous honors and awards, one of which is the Tucson Citizen of the Year award in 1999. Jill Rich's present work with the schools includes: real estate and small business, grant writing and fundraising, community involvement, refugee resettlement, foster parenting and adoption.

 

Maya Kashtelyan has a BA in Music Theory and Pedagogy from the Mogilev Musical College of Belarus and a Master’s Degree in Piano Pedagogy, Chorus Conducting and Music Teaching from the State University of Belarus. She has over 30 years' experience teaching piano and music theory and was the founding music department head and refugee program coordinator at the Academy of Math and Science, now in her 14th year of employment with the school.

 

  • Bonnie Kohn, Member

Bonnie Kohn graduated with a college degree and Master’s of Education degree in Special Education from the University of Arizona. She was a special needs teacher for 10 years and later worked in administration in the medical sector. In between those professions, for fifteen years she took an active role in volunteerism, lending her expertise and enthusiasm to a wide range of organizations including the Jewish Children and Family Services, Tucson Food Bank, El Dorado Hospital, and others. Upon her recent retirement, she has once again gotten involved with volunteering for various organizations in Tucson.

 

  • Sid Kohn, Member

Sid Kohn has been a practicing attorney in Arizona for over 30 years specializing in real estate. His expertise includes representing investors and developers of commercial real estate and planned communities. He has been partner/principal in several law firms and for the last twenty years has been a principal of Kohn Law Firm, PLLC.

 

  • Pat Klein, Member
 
 

 

 

He is in his sixth year of fulltime employment with AMS. Mr. Chayka is a published author with contributions ranging from newspapers, education blogs, and the Journal of School Choice. In 2016, he received the Hammer award from Glenn Hammer, President of Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a regular contributor at Arizona Charter School Association’s Annual Conference on topics including replication and scaling, facilities development and academics, and he has led presentations at other conferences, including A for Arizona’s Annual Conference and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ Annual Conference. 

 

Ms. Chayka has more than 26 years of education and administrative experience in both secondary and post-secondary settings. In 2000, Ms. Chayka founded the AMS Prince School in Tucson, Arizona. Her vision was to create a school which offered a superior education in mathematics and science to at-risk and under-served students who are traditionally denied the opportunity of a quality education. She has conducted research regarding student achievement which has been published by Richard Schmuck in “Practical Action Research.” She has presented on grant funding at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Annual Conference. Ms. Chayka graduated with a Master of Science in Secondary Education with a focus on Mathematics from the University of Pedagogy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and a Master of Educational Administration and Supervision with a focus in Business from Arizona State University’s Leadership for Educational Entrepreneur’s program.